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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Generation of Promise

Our time in Central America is winding down. I am always a bit sad when our summer mission comes to a close here at the retreat center. Every year God proves faithful and teaches us so much about Himself. This year was no exception. Our discipleship program for young adults, Generation of Promise, was the highlight of my summer. What I saw God do in the lives of 16 young men and women fills my heart with joy beyond my ability to express. Perhaps having three children around this age makes me partial to this age-group. I have an unexplained compassion and love for this generation and I also know God is up to something big with them and I want to be a part of it. Here are a few snippets from some of their testimonies.

“The past several weeks at GOP have been a crazy ride. The Lord brought me revelation through the Holy Spirit and for the first time in all my years of knowing the Lord, I finally UNDERSTOOD 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says that in Christ I am a NEW CREATION, the old has gone and the new has come! I did not believe that my old self was crucified with Jesus on the cross and therefore I was undermining and doubting the power of what Jesus did there. I AM A NEW CREATION!” Kelsey

“While being on the mountain God revealed to me who I really am. Not who I thought I was or who the world told me I was, but who I am IN Him. He showed me that He IS GOOD. God showed me His love, telling me face to face that I am His favorite, His beloved, and His son.” Ben

"God taught me. He taught me about His kingdom being here and now; taught me what the true “good news” is; taught me to listen; taught me to speak His words; taught me the benefits of obedience. He taught me how to recognize His voice; a voice that keeps getting clearer. God blessed me.” Heather

"I had revelation of my identity in Christ and in the Kingdom of God and was able to entirely let go of my past. The final week, which we spent in Panama, was life changing in the sense that I felt the call to become a missionary back home and maybe one day abroad. This trip changed my life, changed my outlook on life, and changed my future.” Kirk

“I have learned more here in the past couple of days than I have my whole 14 years as a Christian. I have leaned how my Daddy sees me, experienced a true love relationship and have been equipped to fight the spiritual warfare battle that was once a hopeless defeat. Praise God and to Him belong all the glory.” Kloe

“I learned that God doesn’t love me any less because I’m a sinner. Nothing I can do can change the amount of love that God has for me. God wants to have a relationship with me before I start worrying about following His rules. I was always taught by the Church that a man must put his sin behind him before going to God. But the truth is the complete opposite! I came back a completely different person. The new me wishes to pursue God and His plan for my life.” Alex

“As the time progressed on the mountain my identity in Christ changed. I realized I was a prince in the kingdom of God. I realize I am God’s beloved child. I no longer have to beg and plead. I can just ask the lord and I will receive. That has made such a difference in my life. I am sure it will change the course of my life.” Michael

“It has been so amazing here! I have learned so much while I have been here. I am starting to see myself as the Lord sees me and it’s becoming a reality instead of just a thought. I am a new creation, I’m perfect in the Lords eyes, He loves me just the way I am. The Lord has become Papa to me.” Marlea

Thank you to everyone who held these young people up through prayer and intercession. Thank you to everyone who prayed for ATC as we ministered through out Central America. Thank you to everyone who continues to pray for us. Thank you to our board who has diligently watched over things while we have been gone. Thank you to our staff that has held down the fort. You are a blessing to us. You share in the reward of all that God accomplishes through this ministry. 1 Samuel 30:25 tells us, “…the share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.” God bless you!

Joy